The new year brings about a renewed sense of purpose for many. In fact, 25% of Americans who made 2022 New Year's resolutions say they’ve set a goal to live healthier this year. So, how can one make sure they stay on task? Here are three great healthy habits to get you started off on the right foot:
- Healthier Eating: Dr. Rekha B. Kumar suggests that you eat enough fruits, vegetables and whole grains throughout the day, with a focus on protein in the morning. A high protein breakfast will keep your blood sugar and some “hunger hormones” more stable throughout the day, helping to control your appetite.
- Exercise Consistently: Staying physically active helps with cardiovascular and muscular health. Exercise has also been shown to reduce stress and improve overall mood, so try to squeeze in at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise each week, the minimum recommended by the American Heart Association.
- Get Enough Sleep: Dr. Daniel Barone recommends keeping a regular sleep schedule and getting about eight hours of sleep a night. Establishing a regular bedtime and wake-up time, avoiding caffeine later in the day, setting boundaries around your media consumption and avoiding naps will go a long way to feeling refreshed.
(Source: Health Matters-New York Presbyterian)